Dehydrated Camping Food

Freeze Dried And Dehydrated Camping Food

In this article we look in to the world of dehydrated camping food options available to buy. This ranges from packaged meals, through to snacks that you can also have when out both hiking and camping.

We use the food discovery tool to answer all of the questions below and you can answer your own specific requirements there too.

Dehydrated Food Benefits

The process of creating dehydrated foods is pretty simple, cooked foods basically have their liquid and moisture taken out of them and you rehydrate them before eating with water or other liquids of your choice. This means that the weight of the food you are carrying is much less than that of wet and boil in the bag type meals as you aren't carrying the weight of the water found in most cooked foods.

If you collect water at your camp or during your outdoor activity, you can use this to rehydrate and soak your meals, either hot or cold and you can get a lot of calories for carrying very little weight.

As well as some hints and tips, we will use our ever growing database of camping food to answer specific dehydrated camping food questions.

Please check out the food discovery tool, which is what we use to answer all of the questions you see below and you can use to find and compare all outdoor foods.

Dehydrated Food For Hiking & Backpacking

You can quite easily use any of these dehydrated meals for hiking as well. Most are able to be cold soaked and do not require cooking or boiled water.

As well as hiking, if you are backpacking, bicycle touring or on another adventure, including an ultra marathon, you can use these lightweight meal options to fuel your outdoor adventures.

The Best Dehydrated & Freeze Dried Foods

The best camping food is completely specific to you, your requirements, taste, diet and so forth. Below we have listed a handful of the best foods that may work for you and are one of the best answers to a specific food query.

Packit Gourmet Migas del Sol Egg Scramble Package Meal
Packit Gourmet Migas del Sol Egg Scramble Package Meal
is a dehydrated meal and has the most amount of calories per gram, with
5.98 calories /g

Growing Database of Dehydrated Camping Food

Our number one job at Outdoor Food Club is to add outdoor foods to the website, including their nutritional information. With all of this data, we can then answer queries to common outdoor food questions.

Below you can see how many freeze dried and dehydrated camping food meals we have on the site right now.

You can also find many other outdoor food and sports food types on the site and the food discovery tool. We add all types and brands of foods daily to the website so that you get better answers for your specific food queries.

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dehydrated camping meals to compare

Where To Buy Dehydrated Food

There are some fantastic brands out there making great camping food. Our job is to find new exciting outdoor food manufacturers and add them to the site to help you.

If you're looking where to buy dehydrated foods, look no further. This is a growing list of outdoor food brands that manufacture dehydrated and freeze dried foods.

Dehydrated Camping Food With Most Calories

If you're looking for dehydrated food with the most calories, look no further. With this list, we have highlighted the best 10 high calorie dehydrated camping foods. 

The list is sorted by those with the most calories per gram, which we work out from the calories per serving and the serving weight, giving us the calories per gram column. This is a very valuable number to use and can let us compare any foods fairly.

This is perfect for ultralighters as you may want to be taking with you foods that weigh very little but give a great calorie return.

If you want to see more choice, head on over to the food discovery tool and sort by calories per gram to compare all camping foods and other outdoor food types.

No Cook Dehydrated Meals

These meals don't need cooking, which means even less gear to carry on your camping and hiking trips. Gas, cozy, wind break, stove, lighter, pot, all soon start to add up and if you know you'll be able to find water on your route, why not give no cook a try?

All of these meals recommend hot and boiling water but are also capable of soaking in cold water. Instead of the 5-15minute time frame for the meal to rehydrate, it may take an hour or even longer.

What you can do though is cold soak your meals whilst you are hiking, well before you eat your lunch or dinner and even overnight. Then open up your pouch and you can dig straight in.

How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last

The short answer is, a couple of years but some can last much much longer, going on multiple years.

In this list, we show you the shelf life of dehydrated camping food, sorted by those with the longest shelf life at the top.

If you are interested in prepping for when SHTF (shit hits the fan), then head on over to the food discovery tool and you can see all camping and packaged meals by how long their shelf life is.

No Added Sugar Dehydrated Food

These dehydrated camping meals have zero added sugar and the only sugar they do have is naturally present.

It's surprising how many camping food manufacturers make dehydrated food with added sugars, it's becoming more apparent how added sugars may be detrimental to health so finding no added sugar dehydrated food could be hard.

That is why we have created this list, so that we can help with finding healthier dehydrated camping and hiking meals.

Diet Flavors Serving weight Calories Calories per gram
1 Packit Gourmet Migas del Sol Egg Scramble Package Meal Packit Gourmet Migas del Sol Egg Scramble Package Meal gluten free, vegetarian eggs, vegetables, cheese, chipotle 102 grams 610calories 5.98 calories /g
2 Firepot Orzo Pasta Bolognese Packaged Meal Firepot Orzo Pasta Bolognese Packaged Meal bolognese 135 grams 635calories 4.70 calories /g
3 Firepot Chilli Con Carne Packaged Meal Firepot Chilli Con Carne Packaged Meal gluten free chili 135 grams 600calories 4.44 calories /g
4 Apple Quinoa Oatmeal by Outdoor Herbivore Apple Quinoa Oatmeal by Outdoor Herbivore gluten free, vegan, vegetarian apple 139 grams 603calories 4.34 calories /g
5 Good To Go Herbed Mushroom Risotto Packaged Meal Good To Go Herbed Mushroom Risotto gluten free, vegan, vegetarian herbs, mushroom 95 grams 410calories 4.32 calories /g
6 Tent Meals Italian Inspired Main Meal - 800 kcal Tent Meals Italian Inspired Main Meal - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian nuts, spices 198 grams 800calories 4.04 calories /g
7 Heathers Choice African Peanut Stew Packaged Meal Heathers Choice African Peanut Stew Packaged Meal vegan, vegetarian peanut, curry, ginger 113 grams 430calories 3.81 calories /g
8 Firepot Dal and Rice with Spinach Packaged Meal Firepot Dal and Rice with Spinach Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian dal, garlic, cumin, chili 135 grams 500calories 3.70 calories /g
9 Good To Go Mexican Quinoa Bowl Packaged Meal Good To Go Mexican Quinoa Bowl gluten free, vegan, vegetarian garlic, cumin, cinnamon, chili, coriander 95 grams 350calories 3.68 calories /g
10 Alpineaire Veggie Burrito Bowl Packaged Meal Alpineaire Veggie Burrito Bowl Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian spices 85 grams 300calories 3.53 calories /g

Water Required For Rehydrating Dehydrated Food

How much water do you need for your dehydrated food? We have the answer right here and the average is 333ml (at the time of writing). This will change as we add more dehydrated food items to the database which will auto populate this table.

If you look at the top and bottom of this table you can see what the average is, so having this on you as a bare minimum should work for most meals.

We have created this table which shows the water required for each dehydrated meal and the average water requirement taken from all dehydrated meals. If you're looking specifically for meals which require small amounts of water, hopefully this can help.

Remember though, some of the meals come as one or two and small and large servings, we have only been able to add one water amount for each food item to the table. Each amount is what is recommended from the dehydrated food manufacturers website.

If you are collecting water whilst in the outdoors that you boil and or filter, then you don't have to worry about how much you take with you. This will really help with limiting how much water you need to carry on your outdoor adventures and means that the water or liquids you carry on your are purely consumed for drinking.

We hope this water needed for rehydrating meals cheat table is helpful to you as we found it hard to find all of the specific amounts for all the meals we've added to the site.

Diet Flavors Serving weight Water required
347ml
1 Backpackers Pantry Pad Thai Backpackers Pantry Pad Thai gluten free, vegan, vegetarian garlic 115 grams 540ml
2 Tent Meals Almond Jalfrezi Main Meal - 800 kcal Tent Meals Almond Jalfrezi Main Meal - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian curry, coconut 174 grams 400ml
3 Tent Meals Italian Inspired Main Meal - 800 kcal Tent Meals Italian Inspired Main Meal - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian nuts, spices 198 grams 400ml
4 Tent Meals Moroccan Mango Main Meal - 800 kcal Tent Meals Moroccan Mango Main Meal - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian mango 201 grams 400ml
5 Tent Meals Cashew and Goji Berry Breakfast - 800 kcal Tent Meals Cashew and Goji Berry Breakfast - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian cashew, goji berry 192 grams 400ml
6 Tent Meals Blueberry Burst Breakfast - 800 kcal Tent Meals Blueberry Burst Breakfast - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian blueberry 198 grams 400ml
7 Tent Meals Super Seed & Red Berry Breakfast - 800 kcal Tent Meals Super Seed & Red Berry Breakfast - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian red berry 176 grams 400ml
8 Tentmeals Subtly Cinnamon Breakfast - 800 kcal Tentmeals Subtly Cinnamon Breakfast - 800 kcal vegan, vegetarian cinnamon 182 grams 400ml
9 Good To Go Herbed Mushroom Risotto Packaged Meal Good To Go Herbed Mushroom Risotto gluten free, vegan, vegetarian herbs, mushroom 95 grams 250ml
10 Good To Go Pad Thai Packaged Meal Good To Go Pad Thai gluten free, pescatarian shrimp, peanuts 114 grams 250ml
11 Apple Quinoa Oatmeal by Outdoor Herbivore Apple Quinoa Oatmeal by Outdoor Herbivore gluten free, vegan, vegetarian apple 139 grams 470ml
12 Happy Yak Merry Berry Couscous Happy Yak Merry Berry Couscous vegetarian berries 53 grams 125ml
13 Good To Go Mexican Quinoa Bowl Packaged Meal Good To Go Mexican Quinoa Bowl gluten free, vegan, vegetarian garlic, cumin, cinnamon, chili, coriander 95 grams 225ml
14 Good To Go Thai Curry Packaged Meal Good To Go Thai Curry gluten free, pescatarian curry, coconut, lemongrass 95 grams 300ml
15 Good To Go Bibimbap Packaged Meal Good To Go Bibimbap gluten free, vegan, vegetarian miso 95 grams 225ml
16 Good To Go Smoked Three Bean Chili Packaged Meal Good To Go Smoked Three Bean Chili gluten free, vegan, vegetarian chili, caramelized onions 100 grams 300ml
17 Good To Go Classic Marinara With Penne Packaged Meal Good To Go Classic Marinara With Penne gluten free, vegan, vegetarian herbs, tomato 100 grams 225ml
18 Good To Go Chicken Gumbo Packaged Meal Good To Go Chicken Gumbo gluten free chicken 95 grams 325ml
19 Packit Gourmet Migas del Sol Egg Scramble Package Meal Packit Gourmet Migas del Sol Egg Scramble Package Meal gluten free, vegetarian eggs, vegetables, cheese, chipotle 102 grams 177ml
20 TrailFork Lime-a-Beans and Rice Packaged Meal TrailFork Lime-a-Beans and Rice Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian beans, spinach, lime, garlic 154 grams 295ml
21 TrailFork Paleoats Packaged Meal TrailFork Paleoats Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian 90 grams
22 TrailFork Loaded Veggie Hummus Packaged Meal TrailFork Loaded Veggie Hummus Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian hummus 157 grams 325ml
23 TrailFork Apricot Almond Couscous Packaged Meal TrailFork Apricot Almond Couscous Packaged Meal vegan, vegetarian almond, apricot 144 grams 295ml
24 Firepot Beef Stew with Pearl Barley Packaged Meal Firepot Beef Stew with Pearl Barley beef 110 grams 280ml
25 Peak Sherpa Traditional Tsampa Packaged Meal Peak Sherpa Traditional Tsampa Packaged Meal vegan, vegetarian 40 grams 70ml
26 Firepot Spicy Pork Noodles Packaged Meal Firepot Spicy Pork Noodles pork 105 grams 280ml
27 Firepot Chilli Con Carne Packaged Meal Firepot Chilli Con Carne Packaged Meal gluten free chili 135 grams 400ml
28 Firepot Dal and Rice with Spinach Packaged Meal Firepot Dal and Rice with Spinach Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian dal, garlic, cumin, chili 135 grams 400ml
29 Firepot Posh Pork and Beans Packaged Meal Firepot Posh Pork and Beans Packaged Meal gluten free beans, tomato 135 grams 350ml
30 Firepot Porcini Mushroom Risotto Packaged Meal Firepot Porcini Mushroom Risotto gluten free, vegan, vegetarian vegetable stock, coriander 135 grams 400ml
31 Firepot Orzo Pasta Bolognese Packaged Meal Firepot Orzo Pasta Bolognese Packaged Meal bolognese 135 grams 325ml
32 Alpineaire Veggie Burrito Bowl Packaged Meal Alpineaire Veggie Burrito Bowl Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian spices 85 grams 470ml
33 Alpineaire Santa Fe Black Beans and Rice Packaged Meal Alpineaire Santa Fe Black Beans and Rice Packaged Meal gluten free, vegan, vegetarian 92 grams 470ml
34 Trek n Eat Garden Vegetables and Soy Risotto Packaged Meals Trek n Eat Garden Vegetables and Soy Risotto Packaged Meals vegetarian vegetables 160 grams
35 Backpackers Pantry Cincinnati Style Chili with Beef Package Meal Backpackers Pantry Cincinnati Style Chili with Beef Package Meal chili, beef 86 grams 600ml
36 Trek N Eat Vanilla Rice Pudding Packaged Meal Trek N Eat Vanilla Rice Pudding Packaged Meal gluten free, vegetarian vanilla 100 grams 200ml
37 Viteramen Vegan Mushroom Shio Ramen Noodles Viteramen Vegan Mushroom Shio Ramen Noodles vegan, vegetarian mushroom 136 grams
38 Heathers Choice African Peanut Stew Packaged Meal Heathers Choice African Peanut Stew Packaged Meal vegan, vegetarian peanut, curry, ginger 113 grams 300ml
39 Idahoan Buttery Mash Packet Idahoan Butter Mash Packet gluten free, vegetarian butter 100 grams 475ml
40 Knorr Cheddar Broccoli Rice Sides Packet Knorr Cheddar Broccoli Rice Sides Packet vegetarian cheese, broccoli, herbs 64 grams 473ml
41 Batchelors Bean Feast Bolognese Packet Batchelors Bean Feast Bolognese Packet vegan, vegetarian herbs, tomato, onion 140 grams 575ml
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